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George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead (Ultimate Undead Edition) [Blu-ray] (2010)

Devon Bostick , Athena Karkanis , George A. Romero  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Devon Bostick, Athena Karkanis
  • Directors: George A. Romero
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
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George A. Romero (Night of The Living Dead)

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The newest film from horror master George A. Romero (legendary creator of the Night of the Living Dead franchise) picks up where Diary of the Dead leaves off. On a small island
off the coast of Delaware, live two families locked in a struggle for power and control over the fate of the undead. The O'Flynns approach the zombie plague with a shoot-to-kill attitude. The Muldoons feel that the zombies should be quarantined and kept "alive," in hopes that a solution will be discovered. For both families, existence on Plum Island is a nightmarish world where humans are the minority and zombies rule.

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81 of 97 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Romero June 8, 2010
I am really a big Romero fan as well as a zombie genre fan, so I don't want to come across as a hater. This movie isn't good. I really wanted to like it, but it is just plain bad. The script is full of Romero's usual social statements which is fine, but the hack dialog was excruciating. The story was just bad as well. It involved the renegade national guardsmen from Diary finding their way to an island off the coast of Delaware which has two Irish clans fighting each other over what to do with the dead. Strangely, only a handful of people spoke with Irish accents, the rest didn't even bother. What hurts the movie is the contradictions throughout. One minute the guardsmen say money is worthless, then they are fighting over a million dollars. One of the clans wants to keep the zombies(dead heads in the movie) alive, but later on are shooting them left and right. Also parts of the movie act like the world is completely lawless after 6 days of the dead rising, while other parts have internet and television still being broadcast. I can go on and on. The zombie makeup is fair, but sometimes is looks too much like makeup. The acting runs from fair to poor. The CGI is terrible and really fake looking. The trailers showing the flaming zombie or the fire extinguisher death are good examples of how bad the special effects are. Zombie fans will certainly rent this because of Romero's name, but I would advise to watch it before you buy it.
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56 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Survival of Romero... June 1, 2010
The shotgun blast of reviews for this film are baffling to me. But then again, it is important to remember that Diary of the Dead was initially trashed, Land of the Dead was moderately reviewed at best and Day of the Dead was initially hated (and is now considered a fan favorite).

With that said, here is my take on it, for what it is worth...

This movie does differ in tone than many of Romero's other films. Certainly not as heavy or serious as Diary of the Dead intended to be or Land of the Dead mostly was. When a National Guard Soldier blows the head off of a zombie (in, albeit, a pretty cheesy CGI effect) in the first few moments of the film, my brain did not go into "This movie sucks" mode as so many others seemed to. My brain went into, "Ah! Just like Dawn of the Dead! This movie is a romp!" Like most competent Directors (and I consider Romero VERY competent as a film director, not to mention Indie film hero), Romero shows us what HE wants us to see and he always has a reason for doing it. That head-blowing-off scene was there for a reason. Several people, I feel, just didn't understand the reason.

I personally feel, many fans of any artist (regardless of medium) begin to form a very rigid idea of what that artist's work is, especially when they come to most of that artist's work after it had been completed (or are young fans as I was). And when said artist creates something new, sometimes fans struggle with the interpretation.

What is unique about this film despite its lighter overall tone(and I feel most critiques missed) is that here we have multi-layered social commentary with a subtle complexity not normally seen even in most Romero movies. The initial question: Should we keep our loved-ones "alive" as-it-were as zombies, hoping for a cure?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid addition to the zombie subgenre May 31, 2010
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Fresh off a fifty-mile drive from the closest theatre playing horror legend George A. Romero's new zombie flick 'Survival of the Dead,' I am more than pleased to say the time & oh-so-expensive gas was worth it. Though Lord Romero has received more than his fair share of negative feedback for his last few films ('Bruiser,' 'Land of the Dead,' and 'Diary of the Dead), I have yet to see a single film of his that I would call less than good. And, my friends, the streak continues with 'Survival of the Dead.' Sure, I may not be the most unbiased of critics on the matter, but we're all hooked to something.

'Survival of the Dead' focuses on two sets of very different characters. The first we're introduced to is led by 'Nicotine' Crocket (Alan Van Sprang), the jerk "guardsmen" that first appeared in 'Diary of the Dead.' He wasn't a central figure in the previous film, but just one of the many dangerous obstacles the main characters from 'Diary' stumbled across during their journey. Crocket leads a group of other guardsmen around the country looking for, well, anything they can find. After hooking up with a crackshot kid and an armoured car full of cash, the guard unit heads up north after their discovery of Patrick O'Flynn (Kenneth Welsh), an old Irish fella on the internet advertising a safe haven. O'Flynn, the leader of his own group, is a now-banished former resident of Plum Island, a small isle in the Atlantic. Intent on seeking vengeance against the other zombie-saving Irish clansman from the island, O'Flynn convinces Crocket's gang to head to Plum Island with him.

The first thing that many Romero fans will notice is something that had been missing in the 'Dead' series before this film: a recurring character.
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40 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Above average zombie fare 3.5 stars June 1, 2010
I've learned from the past not to be too quick to judge a Romero zombie flick. I was pretty unimpressed with my initial viewing of Diary of the Dead. But after another look I realized just how great that film really is. So I watched SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD a couple of times before attempting a review, and it actually did get a little better with repeated viewings. But still, overall this probably is a slight step back for the zombie master.

It does have decent doses of your expected flesh-chomping madness. I wonder if Romero uses some bad CGI just to illustrate how inferior it is to old school bloody effects with makeup and props. Still he includes some solid gory moments as well. One scene that puzzled me was when some hunters beheaded some zombies and but their heads on wooden stakes. Dead heads on a stick. These zombies kept moaning despite the fact their brains were removed from the spinal cord. This scene looked pretty cool, and illustrated the foolishness of the men. But it seems to contradict the very zombie rules that Romero helped establish. I was under the impression that headshots or beheadings are supposed to incapacitate the undead, release their souls from their decaying corpses. Oh well.

The most notable point this movie makes is about the violent, idiotic nature of man. Even in the most desperate, grim situation humanity refuses to unite and work together. Really, people aren't much smarter than the freakin zombies.

I also enjoyed the conflict of disposing of the walking dead. Killing an infected loved one would be quite a troublesome circumstance. One man takes it upon himself to rid the world of these soulless creatures. Another man sees the zombs as merely having a sickness, and possibly curable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Que mas se puede decir del padre de los zombies? MAESTRO
Published 14 days ago by Karen Salort Chavez
4.0 out of 5 stars A good addition to George Romero's zombie movies though there are ...
A good addition to George Romero's zombie movies though there are others which I have liked more. As with Land Of The Dead, the zombies appear to be evolving though their basic... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Alan W Sacker
1.0 out of 5 stars Somebody Bury This Now.
George, what happened? You made two absolute masterpieces - Night Of The Living Dead, and Dawn Of The Dead (1978) - and then - blech! Read more
Published 20 days ago by Dennis E. Hartnett
4.0 out of 5 stars Why don't people like this movie?
I enjoyed this movie. Maybe it wasn't as good as the first few movies of the series, but it was still entertaining. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Steven A. Fletcher
4.0 out of 5 stars SURVIVAL Has A Few Good Scenes, Lots Of Flaws
Mixed feelings here. I love George Romero's DEAD movies, the guy's a legend. And yet, something's wrong here. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Voiceover Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars Some nice twists at the end
One of Romero's more interesting Zombie movies. Some nice twists at the end. While not the best Zombie movie I've seen it was interesting.
Published 25 days ago by Michael Rapini
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was pk
Published 1 month ago by Paul Fuller
2.0 out of 5 stars I love zombie movies
I love zombie movies. Romero's the gold standard I rank all zombie movies on, having said that this is one of my least favorite of his movies. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Walker
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Zombie Movie
This movie was in every way pretty much average, I suggest Dawn of the Dead which is done much better overall.
Published 1 month ago by Eddy salazar
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
P & A Very Good.
Published 1 month ago by Andyguan
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Ok zombie fans, what is the general concensus on Romero's new flick?!
Survival could've been hell of a lot better, they should have stuck with the zombies in PA instead of some stupid island and that ridiculous fighting among the two clans. Whats with the girl zombie riding the horse? Was she training for an international horse racing competition? Lets keep... Read More
Aug 27, 2010 by Ravan |  See all 23 posts
The hand again?
The hand clinging to a fence was quite a nifty pice of design for 'Land' being as the whole film was metaphorically about 'barriers'.
I think the 'Survival' cover is trying to be retro and re-capture the golden age of zombies; it's the basically the same as the original 'Zombie Flesh-Eaters' VHS... Read More
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